Polish your resumes. The rumor mill is churning. All indications appear to be pointing toward Secretary of State Clinton moving on to something new. The role is immense, the opportunity great, and the pitfalls numerous.
James Traub explores one of (or the?) leading job candidate, with a helpful explanation of how the Obama administration has fashioned the position most recently:
It’s important to understand what space [John] Kerry, or someone else, would be seeking to fill. With a few important exceptions, Hillary Clinton has not been asked to formulate America foreign policy but rather to represent it, to talk about it, and to execute it. And she has done so almost flawlessly. If she is a conceptual thinker, she has kept her vision to herself. The big thinking in this administration comes from the Big Thinker in the White House, and a very small circle of aides. That is unlikely to change. And Kerry, though deeply familiar with everything and everyone, poses no danger of trying to impose a worldview of his own. He is an implementer, not a thinker. Tell John Kerry to take that hill, and he will take that hill or die trying.